Departure time in Stockholm (ARN): 10:20
Arrival time in Doha (DOH): 15:30
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 7h 10m
Date of flight: December 22, 2012
* Upgraded from economy to business class with Gold status, Business Class flight #5
Qatar Airways has been voted Airline of the Year for 2011 and 2012 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, and to give you an idea on what to expect from this middle-eastern airline, I decided to write a report during my recent trip to Doha. And you bet I'm really excited about it.
I arrived at Arlanda Airport Terminal 5 about two and a half hours before the flight, and the check in counters were already opened. There were about five counters for passengers in economy class and one for those travelling in business class as well as those with Silver and Gold status. I have already checked in on line the day before so I just needed to leave my luggage. The check in agent was very helpful (she was probably a trainee since another agent was behind her and sort of guiding her) and after a few minutes, I had my luggage priority tagged, got my boarding cards, as well as the invitation card to the Menzies Executive Lounge which Qatar Airways is using. The security control was not busy yet, considering the time of the day, and after a couple of minutes, I was already on my way to the lounge.
Menzies Executive Lounge
Menzies Executive Lounge.
Aircraft, Airbus A330-200
Boarding, Gate F66
After settling to our economy class seats, Mike and I were told that we had been upgraded to business class together with at least 2 other passengers. Yippee 😍
Business Class Cabin
Towel & Pre-departure Beverage
Salvatore Ferragamo Amenity Kit
tempting your palate:
smoked salmon rosti, sauce gribiche
leek and potato soup, crispy leeks and bread sticks
an individual selection of smoked trout, salmon tartar and halibut artichoke salad
classic arabic mezze, hummus, tabouleh and makdous served with arabic bread
grilled sumac chicken with tomato and coriander salsa, onion, courgettes and grilled peppers with fennel side salad
dill marinated cray fish, steamed potatoes, butter beans and grilled carrots with potato and artichoke salad
aloo gobi with bhindi masala, onion rice, dal and raita
on the side:
main dishes are accompanied by your choice of condiments
a selection of local and international varieties, dried prunes, apricots and hazelnuts
plum cake with mascarpone, vanilla cream sauce
chocolate, mint and vanilla ice cream with seasonal berries
selection of seasonal fresh fruits
rye bread with pumpkin seeds, brown roll with toasted sesame seeds,
crusty white and claystone roll
relax and unwind:
cappuccino, espresso, café latte, macchiato, american, decaffeinated, earl grey, english breakfast, green, roasted japanese, moroccan mint, camomile, sencha green, green jasmine
a sweet trio:
chocolate florentines, passion fruit mousse, chocolate cake
relax and unwind:
cappuccino, espresso, café latte, macchiato, american, decaffeinated,etc.
The alcoholic beverage list (pretty long list) include Martini Rosso, Martini Dry, Campari, Bombay Sapphire, Bacardi, Smirnoff Red, JW Black, Glenfiddich Single Malt Solera 15 yrs old, Chivas Regal 12 yrs old, Jack Daniels, Bailey's, Tia Maria, Cointreau, Drambuie and Camus XO Superieur.
Soft drinks on the menu include Pepsi, Pepsi diet, 7UP, 7UP Free, Mirinda, Ginger Ale, Soda, Tonic while juices include Orange, Apple, Pineapple and Tomato Juices. Lastly, they have both sparkling mineral water and still mineral water plus for the beer-lovers, there's Crown Lager.
Moments after the seat belt sign was turned off, the flight attendant working on our aisle came around to take orders for lunch.
Qatar Airways is probably one of the best airlines offering business class: very good food and service. I would have hoped for a Boeing though since the Airbus they are using between Stockholm and Doha do not have fully flat beds. The announcement informing the passengers the cause of the delay, and making sure that the seats are well maintained and functioning would have made the whole experience almost perfect. I yet have to test other airlines' business class to see how they compare with Qatar Airways. I actually have a pretty good chance of testing two more airlines this spring so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Because the crew were actually serving meals individually without using trays nor trolleys; and the menus were presented on a nice leather folder; both of which are rare in business class, I probably would give Qatar Airways a 9 out of 10 points 😍